Country of Origin Misc. Regulations

Timelines - Stampings

Country of Origin

1910

present

Starting in 1910, all items imported or exported in the U.S. were required to have the country of origin stamped on them. Some rosaries that were manufactured around this time have small tags, instead of a stamp.

1916

1922

 Irish Republic

1918

1992

Czechoslovakia

Czechoslovakia existed from October 1918 until the end of 1992. Prior to 1918 the bead making region of Czechoslovakia was called Bohemia and was part of the Austrian empire. Bead making in Czechoslovakia was nationalized in 1948, and went into hiatus until about 1958.

1922

1937

Irish Free State, Eireann

1937

1949

Eire or Ireland, although “Ireland” may appear on Irish rosaries of any date.

1949

present

Republic of Ireland or Eire

1993

present

Czech Republic

After Czechoslovakia was dissolved Bohemia became part of the Czech Republic.

 

 

 

 

Misc. Regulations 

1905   National Gold and Silver Stamping Act

In 1905 the US passed a law that all precious metals entering and/or sold in the US must be marked with their precious metal content, i.e.  "sterling", "925", "800" etc. Older items may or may not be be marked, and the designations were not standardized.

1963   Zip Codes

5-digit zip codes were introduced in the U.S. in 1963. 9-digit codes were introduced in 1983. Rosaries won't have zip codes (of course), but look at the address on any accompanying pamphlet or packaging.